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Publisher's Summary

When Simon Serrailler was a rookie constable with the Met, he did something reckless in the course of a night's work which caused a man's death. But his act was praised by his colleagues, and he was called a hero.
Years later, now a detective chief superintendent who has been badly injured in the course of duty, he receives a medal for bravery at Buckingham Palace while recollecting that fateful night of his early career, when chance disguised itself as bravery.
Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including ghost stories. The play of The Woman in Black is still running in London's West End after 25 years. I'm the King of the Castle has been a GCSE set text. She has also published collections of short stories, fiction for children, several nonfiction books and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler, who features in this short story.
Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, published by Chatto & Windus, is the final title in the Serrailler series. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of King's College, London, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours of 2012.
©2016 Susan Hill (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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By Pamela on 05-10-17

This 'story' makes no sense to me

Why THIS story inserted belatedly at the beginning when it feels like an ending of sorts? It's been years since I read this series so I am now re-reading the whole lot just to find out what events led to this point, because right now I haven't a clue. Perhaps it will make more sense then, but even so, after two listens it barely constitutes a vignette.

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By E. Anderson on 08-02-16

a nice little character piece, excellent narration

Susan Hill and Steven Pacey have definitely made a positive impression. I'll be searching both out when selecting future audiobooks

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By Vicuña on 08-09-16

Neat prequal

What made the experience of listening to Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story the most enjoyable?

Great narration.

What did you like best about this story?

Works well as a standalone or as a backfill for those familiar with the series. It's tight, draws you in, but it's short and sweet.

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

Serrailler, but he narrates all characters well.

Any additional comments?

An unexpected bonus, I normally read this series, but I've listened to a couple and this filler story is a must for anyone following Serrailler.

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By Mrs Diana Robertson on 08-02-16

Too short.

I love all the Simon Serailler books. Please write some more! You can't stop now.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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